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Diet for Diabetes:

As with the cure of any disease, any successful method of diabetes treatment should aim at removing the root cause of the disease and strengthening the entire health-level.

Diet therapy is the basis of such a treatment. The primary dietary consideration for a diabetic person is that he should be a strict lacto-vegetarian and take a low-caloric, low-fat, alkaline diet of high quality, natural foods. Fruits, nuts and vegetables, whole meal bread and dairy products form a good diet for the diabetics.

It is advisable to avoid cooked starchy foods as in the process of cooking the cellulose enveloping the starch granules burst and consequently the starch is far too easily absorbed in the system. The excess starch absorbed has to be eliminated from the system by the kidneys and appears as sugar in the urine.

With raw starchy foods, however, the saliva and digestive juices in the small intestine regulate the quantities required to be converted into sugar for the body's needs. The unused and undigested portion of raw starchy foods does not become injurious to the system, as it does not readily ferment.

The diabetic person should not keep away from eating fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain sugar and starch. Fresh fruits contain sugar (fructose), which does not need insulin for its metabolism and is well tolerated by diabetics. Fats and oils should be taken sparingly, for they are apt to lower the tolerance for proteins and starches.

Emphasis must largely be on raw foods as they stimulate and increase insulin production. For protein, homemade cottage cheese, various forms of soured milk and nuts are best.

Here is a simple and easy guide to having an effective diet plan:

* Primarily avoid overeating and take four or five small meals a day rather than three large ones.
* Have a glass of lukewarm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice at the start of the day.
* Breakfast may include any fresh fruit with the exception of bananas, soaked prunes, a small quantity of whole meal bread with butter and fresh milk.
* Lunch must comprise of steamed or lightly cooked green vegetables such as cauliflower cabbage, tomatoes, spinach, turnip, asparagus and mushrooms.You may also wish to include two or three whole wheat breads according to appetite and a glass of butter-milk or curd.
* One can indulge during the mid-afternoon with a glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice.
* Follow it up with dinner comprising of a large bowl of salad made up of all the raw vegetables in season. The salad may be followed by a hot course if desired and fresh homemade cottage cheese.
* If u want to have a bedtime snack go ahead and have a glass of fresh milk.

Here are some important foods that can keep the blood sugar at a healthy level and some foods that may cause harm:

* Meat finds no place in this regime for they increase the toxemic condition underlying the diabetic state and reduce the sugar tolerance. On the other hand a non-stimulating vegetarian diet especially one made up of raw foods promotes and increases sugar tolerance.
* Celery, cucumbers, beans, onion and garlic are do-good foods for diabetics. Cucumbers contain a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin. Garlic has proved benefits in reducing blood sugar in diabetes. Recent scientific investigations have established that bitter gourd is highly beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. It contains an insulin -like element known as plant-insulin, which has been found effective in lowering the blood and urine sugar levels. The diabetic patient should take the juice of three or four bitter gourds daily in between meals for positive results.
* It is advisable to avoid tea coffee and cocoa because of their adverse influence on the digestive tract. Other foods, which must be avoided, include white read, white flour products, sugar, tinned fruits, sweets, chocolates, pastries, pies,puddings, refined cereals and alcoholic drinks.
* The most important nutrient in the treatment of diabetes is manganese, which is vital in the production of natural insulin. It is found in citrus fruits in the outer covering of nuts grains and in the green leaves of edible plants. Other nutrients of special value are zinc S-complex vitamins and poly-unsaturated fatty acids.

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